Smoking Cessation and Cancer Prevention

Leon I. Gilner, M.D., earned his medical degree with honors from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse New York in 1974. He completed his internship in General Surgery at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1975 and his residency in Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1980. Afterward, he served as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Residency Training Program at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1984 and Chairman of Neurosurgery at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, California from 1984 to 1987.

He has been in the private practice of Neurosurgery since 1987, and was in full time practice in Victoria, Texas from 1994 to 2008. In Victoria, he introduced outpatient lumbar microdiscectomy, anterior cervical fusion, posterior cervical microforaminotomy and vertebroplasty and was the first Neurosurgeon in Victoria to perform posterior and anterior lumbar interbody cage fusion. Dr. Gilner is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Gilner is on the consulting staff of Krames Publications and has contributed to many of their publications including Lumbar Microsurgery, Vertebroplasty and Cervical Disc Surgery among others. He is also the inventor of the Cordis Intraventricular Pressure Monitoring Catheter. He has held many hospital positions, both elected and appointed including Chief of Staff at two

hospitals, Chief of Surgery, Chairman of the Bylaws Committee, Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and Chairman of the Credentials Committee. He formerly sat on the Executive Board of Health First, the physician IPA in Victoria and served as its Treasurer from 2004 to 2006. He was also on the teaching staff of Spinetech, Inc..

On a more personal note, Dr. Gilner is a published poet and author and twice past President of Temple B’nai Israel in Victoria. In 2006, he was honored by the American Cancer Society as Founder and Chairman of Smokefree Victoria, a grassroots organization which successfully advocated for the passage of the Victoria Smokefree Ordinance. This ordinance eliminated smoking from all restaurants, bars, and public buildings in Victoria and was passed by the electorate with the largest majority of any similar election in Texas. Dr. Gilner returned to Victoria in 2011 after practicing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and practices at Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Hospital.